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Claude in the City: A Rollerskating, Beret-Wearing Accidental Hero

Claude in the City, written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children’s, 2011), was one of fils cadet‘s birthday presents. It took quite a while to get round to reading it, but fortunately, now he loves it. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Hermelin the Detective Mouse

Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape, 2014) was one of fils cadet‘s birthday present books. Initially greeted with excitement it was then cast aside because he decided it didn’t sound good. But after a little chat about … Continue reading

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Dear Mother Goose

Being 4, Fils cadet is really into flap books and nursery rhymes so obviously Dear Mother Goose by Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt (Walker, 2009) has been a big hit. Humpty Dumpty is fed up with falling off the wall … Continue reading

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Kipper’s A to Z

We’re all big Kipper fans in this house, and fils cadet has recently borrowed Kipper’s A to Z by Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books, 2000) from the library. It features Kipper and his little friend Arnold, and an over-enthusiastic zebra … Continue reading

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It’s a split digraph at school and a magic E at home

As I’ve mentioned before, watching my son learn to read is an endlessly fascinating process. I have absolutely no intention of getting into the merits or otherwise of phonics or any other system for teaching reading on here, but I … Continue reading

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Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

I’d never heard of this book or author until fils aîné was given it for his birthday, although Louise Yates won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for her second book, Dog Loves Books, which was also nominated for the Kate … Continue reading

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Fantastic Mr Dahl

Fils cadet and I just got back from spending the morning at fils aîné‘s school where we were joining in with a reading café to celebrate 30 years of the BFG. The children were invited to dress as a favourite … Continue reading

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